Roli alright

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Dwayne Roloson hasn't skipped a beat.

The same goaltender who backstopped the Edmonton Oilers to the Stanley Cup final before getting hurt showed up in the team's season opener against the Flames last night.

Roloson finished with 31 saves in a 3-1 win.

"I thought he was spectacular," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"He makes it look easy by being in such good position all the time.

ASTUTE

"He made a few spectacular saves, but he's just such an astute goaltender positionally, he's always in the right spot. He's really taught me a lot on how to play the position."

Roloson set the tone early by stopping Flames star Jarome Iginla on a penalty shot in the first period.

Iginla was awarded the penalty shot after being tripped by Oilers defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron on a partial breakaway.

It was the first penalty-shot stop for Roloson as an Oiler.

It was also Iginla's fifth miss in six career attempts.

"I just tried to stay with Iggy, I think he was trying to play little mind games with me and I was trying to play little mind games with him," said Roloson. "We know each other pretty well from playing against one another a lot.

"I know he likes to shoot it - he's a shooter. I think he knows that I knew that and he was trying to freeze me there and go far side."

The Oilers went on to take the lead 30 seconds after Roloson's save.

After shutting the door on Iginla on the penalty shot the Oilers goaltender went on to stone the rest of the Flames.

"There were a number of huge saves by Roli, there," said Oilers forward Jarret Stoll. "He made some big saves for us on the power play and then late in the game he had some big stops."

Roloson had some help in the third as Kristian Huselius hit the post on a wide-open net on the power play in the third period.

Iginla spoiled the shutout bid snapping a shot past Roloson after a great cross-ice feed from Damon Langkow late in the third period.

"He's reading the play really well, he's seeing the puck, his rebounds are great," said Stoll. "He's back to form that's for sure."

Yesterday's game was Roloson's first meaningful encounter since injuring his knee in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

This pre-season, Roloson played in three of the Oilers pre-season games.

"I felt pretty good," Roloson said.

"I've had lot of time to work on things during training camp.

"I didn't play a lot of games, but we used a lot of practice time to work on things with coach (Pete) Peters, doing the little things to get ready for the season."

'GREAT JOB'

The Flames finished the night 0-9 on the power-play, in large part due to Roloson.

"We did a great job killing penalties," Roloson said. "We were able to kill a lot off, especially in the second period when they were coming at us pretty hard.

"Everyone did a great job and we did what we had to do to win the hockey game."


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